A new report has outlined a programme being rolled out in Burton in bid to reduce alcohol related problems.
Staffordshire County Council’s Healthier Staffordshire Committee outlined a range of measures that are being put in place to try and remedy the issue.
This comes after the Mail reported that one in four people drank above the recommended amount of alcohol every week.
The report states: “The harm caused by alcohol misuse is evident in very many aspects of community life, from crime and antisocial behaviour through to family crises and safeguarding.”
The county council has started a programme that works with parents in a bid to protect young people from developing drug or alcohol problems.
The programme has generated positive feedback from staff and families, including one young person in the town who reported that the course had taught them ‘how to cope with stress and how to solve issues without harming myself or others’.
This has also been supplemented by further education taking place in school.
The authority, along with partners in the NHS, has also rolled out a screening and brief interventions scheme which allows GPs to better help the quarter of adults who drink alcohol above recommended levels.
This will be further boosted by a summer and spring campaign that will tell people in Burton how to access advice, information and self-help guidance, using leaflets and web-based resources. Major changes are also under way to improve the treatment on offer in the area.